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PRESS RELEASE Contact: Jennie Woo, Senior Manager of Development & Communications Telephone: 617-399-4701 Email: email@example.com Website: www.generationsinc.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2017
GENERATIONS INCORPORATED ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BOSTON, MA – The Board of Directors of Generations Incorporated is pleased to announce that Wes Enicks has been named the new Executive Director of the organization, effective October 25, 2017. Enicks succeeds Mary Gunn, who retired on June 30, 2017, after fifteen years leading the organization’s growth. Enicks brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, has a passion for fostering intergenerational mentorship, and over thirteen years of experience in development, marketing, management, and sales. Wes Enicks comes to Generations Incorporated from Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, which provides professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships and enrichment programs to 2,700 girls annually. In his role as Vice President of Development, Wes played a key role in the organization’s growth through fundraising strategies that increased revenue and helped garner the 2015 National Agency of the Year award out of more than 300 affiliates in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America network. Previously, he served as Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to his leadership positions in the Big Brothers Big Sisters network, Enicks identifies the importance of mentorship in his own life through his service as a Big Brother for three years and his work as a mentor in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Diversity Fellows program. Wes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Cabrini College. With the support of the Barr Foundation, the Board of Directors engaged Third Sector New England to help guide the organization through the leadership transition. “After a comprehensive selection process that attracted several highly-qualified candidates, all of whom had a great depth of experience and a serious commitment to public service, the Board selected Wes. The staff is also unanimously behind this selection. “Wes has a proven track record of leadership and infectious enthusiasm for supporting the growth and development of the youngest citizens of Greater Boston,” states Board Chair Harvey Salgo. “I am honored to be chosen to lead Generations Incorporated. I am drawn to this role and this organization because it is an intergenerational literacy and mentoring organization whose services not only address the importance of education, but strengthen individuals and communities in the Greater Boston area by providing a pathway out of poverty. I believe we can leverage the strong foundation that exists by expanding Generations Incorporated’s positioning, visibility, and fundraising to increase our impact on youth, older adults, and communities.” “We are very excited to have Wes to lead Generations Incorporated into a new era of growth,” states Salgo. “We are all looking forward to working with Wes to help every young reader in Greater Boston become proficient in literacy by the fourth grade through the support of an older adult.”
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About Generations Incorporated Generations Incorporated equips young children in low-income communities with the necessary skills for academic success. The organization invests in the communities it serves and fosters intergenerational relationships by engaging older adult volunteers in literacy programs at partner school and after-school sites. During the 2016-2017 academic year over 270 older adult volunteers provided critical literacy support to over 3,400 students at 18 program locations in Boston and Revere. The organization is also a recipient of a Social Innovation Fund Subgrant, provided by AARP Foundation through the Corporation for National and Community Service, to support its expansion within Boston Public Schools over the next three years. To learn more, visit www.generationsinc.org, or call 617-423-6633.